Geotechnical Work continues on Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert October 13, 2017

Contact Information: Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer

Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – Geotechnical Work continues on Gandy Boulevard

Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with five drilling crews and rigs on the project site. There is also a survey crew in the area.  Turn lanes from Westbound Gandy Boulevard to Bridge Street, Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Renellie Drive may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm.

Beginning Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent inside lane closures for geotechnical activities.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Turn Lane at Westshore Boulevard to be closed at night

Media Alert
October 11, 2017

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Gandy Boulevard Drivers, Businesses and Residents Alert

Tampa, FL – Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Turn Lane at Westshore Boulevard to be closed at night

Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with five drilling crews and rigs on the project site. There is also a survey crew in the area.  Turn lanes from Gandy Boulevard to Bridge Street, Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Renellie Drive may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm.

Beginning Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard will be closed, and Westbound Gandy Boulevard inside through-lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent inside lane closures for geotechnical activities.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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Gandy Park South Closure

Media Alert

Gandy Park South Closure

Tampa, FL October 6 2017
Beginning October 6th, we will be closing the Gandy Park South on the Southside of Gandy Boulevard and the Al Palonis Park on the north side of Gandy Boulevard for the duration of the Selmon Extension construction. The Gandy Boat ramp will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation in preparation for the Selmon Extension

Gandy Blvd. Drivers, Businesses and Residents Alert

Contact Information

Mellisa McColley
Public Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613- 2306

Tampa, FL September 28, 2017 – Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation in preparation for the Selmon Extension Monday, October 2, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with a small drilling crew on Gandy Boulevard at Culbreath Key Way, between S. Trask St. and Hesperides St., between S. Manhattan Ave. and S. Clarke Ave. and at S. Church St. in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed

from 6 am until 9 pm. All lanes on Gandy Boulevard will remain open during day time operations. Work will also be performed from 9 pm until 6 am with lane closures in these areas.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.
For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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Gandy Boulevard Turn Lanes at Westshore Boulevard to be closed at night

Media Alert
September 29, 2017

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Gandy Boulevard Drivers, Businesses and Residents Alert

Tampa, FL – Gandy Boulevard Turn Lanes at Westshore Boulevard to be closed at night

Monday, October 2, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with a small drilling crew on Gandy Boulevard at Culbreath Key Way, between S. Trask St. and Hesperides St., between S. Manhattan Ave. and S. Clarke Ave. and at S. Church St. in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm. All lanes on Gandy Boulevard will remain open during day time operations. Work will also be performed from 9 pm until 6 am with lane closures in these areas.

Beginning Monday, October 9, 2017 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard will be closed, and Westbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard will be closed for geotechnical activities. Both Westshore Boulevard closures will not be completed on the same nights.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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THEA Completes Bond Sale for Financing of the Selmon Extension

 THEA Completes Bond Sale for Financing of the Selmon West Extension

August 24, 2017 – Tampa, FL – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is pleased to announce that it has completed a $157 million bond sale to finance the Selmon West Extension.

THEA had six times the offers – over $1 billion in orders – for the offering.  Because of this overwhelming interest in investing in the Tamp Bay regions, THEA was able to reprice the bonds, thus saving over $800,000 in interest costs.

“The strong demand for the bonds is a reflection of the Authority’s solid financial condition, the positive reception of the project, and interest to invest in our community, said Vincent J. Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors. “Investors see our region as a good place to put their money based on our strong demographic trends and prospect for continued economic growth as evidenced by other sizeable infrastructure projects in development and on the horizon,” Cassidy continued.

In addition to the strong economy and economic outlook, THEA also received rating news in the last two weeks.  Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term and underlying ratings on THEA’s outstanding revenue bonds from A to A+.  At the same time, S&P also assigned its A+ rating to THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds for the financing of the Selmon West Extension. In addition, Moody’s Investor Services assigned its rating of A2 on THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds and affirms the A2 on THEA’s outstanding parity senior bonds.

THEA’s management team, traffic and revenue consultant, general engineering consultant, financial advisor and Board Chairman presented to both rating agencies in July.  THEA’s team reported strong traffic and revenue growth in recent years, steady population growth that provides adequate demand for the expressway, and the strong demand for the Selmon Expressway as an essential commuter facility. The A+ and A2 ratings from S&P and Moody’s respectively are reflective of their confidence in THEA’s financial strength and capabilities of operating and maintaining the Selmon Expressway and were an important factor in investor interest.
Proceeds from the Bonds will provide the Authority funding for capital projects, including the Selmon West Extension Project, which will offer travelers a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, alleviating the traffic congestion on Gandy Boulevard and creating greater capacity and access to neighborhoods and businesses.

“THEA is well positioned over the next five years due to well-maintained physical assets and current capital program” stated Amy Lettelleir, THEA’s Chief Financial Officer. THEA’s revenue bonds and the agreement provides THEA with operational autonomy and complete control over revenues.

“We’re very happy with the ratings we received” said Mr. Cassidy.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email info@tampa-xway.com.

 

Bond Rating Increase for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

Bond Rating Increase for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

Upgraded bond rating attributed to sound fiscal management, traffic growth, steady and sustainable revenue growth above forecast

Tampa, FL – August 16, 2017 – The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is extremely pleased to announce favorable ratings from two highly respected rating agencies.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has raised its long-term and underlying ratings on THEA’s outstanding revenue bonds from A to A+.  At the same time, S&P also assigned its A+ rating to THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds for the financing of the Selmon West Extension.  Among the independent expressway authorities in Florida, THEA has the highest rating from S&P.

In addition, Moody’s Investor Services assigned its rating of A2 on THEA’s Series 2017 Bonds and affirms the A2 on THEA’s outstanding parity senior bonds.

THEA’s management team, traffic and revenue consultant, general engineering consultant, financial advisor and Board Chairman presented to both ratings agencies in July.  THEA’s team reported stronger than forecasted traffic and revenue growth in recent years, steady population growth that provides adequate demand for the expressway, and the strong demand for the Selmon Expressway as an essential commuter facility. The A+ and A2 ratings from S&P and Moody’s respectively, are reflective of their confidence in THEA’s financial strength and capabilities of operating and maintaining the Selmon Expressway

The agency will go to the bond market at the end of this month to finance the Selmon West Extension project.  This is THEA’s first major construction project as an independent authority.

“Having S&P upgrade THEA’s rating to A+ and Moody’s affirmation of its A2 rating will result in lower borrowing costs for the Authority,” said Amy Lettelleir, THEA’s chief financial officer.

“THEA has worked hard to get and keep the Authority in a strong financial position.  This allows us to do more transportation projects for the Tampa Bay area, all without adding to the state’s debt,” said Joe Waggoner, executive director, THEA.

Board Chair Vincent J Cassidy said, “I couldn’t be more proud of our leadership team and all they have accomplished for the authority and our community. The raising of our bond rating is recognition of the successful execution of our strategy as well as how we manage our cash flow and our projects, including the upcoming $250 million expansion of our system.”

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ABOUT THEA:

As the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority’s (THEA) mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community.

Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay Community.

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THEA Board of Directors Approves Selmon Extension Design-Build Contract

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Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board of Directors Approves Selmon West Extension  Design-Build Contract

August 14, 2017, Tampa, Fla, -The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Board of Directors voted to approve awarding the Selmon West Extension Design-Build contract to the team comprised of Kiewit and AECOM. The Selmon Extension is a 1.6-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers: use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.

THEA’s goal while writing the RFP was to find the team best suited to build an aesthetically pleasing bridge while minimizing the impact on residents, business owners, and commuters, during the construction process.  Four teams were selected to compete in the final round of the RFP process and were asked to submit proposals that showcased innovative in both design and construction techniques.

After an extensive RFP process, the Kiewit and AECOM team received the highest scores and were awarded the design/build contract. THEA’s Technical Review committee did not select the winning team based on the lowest bid.  Other factors like design approach, construction approach, and the maintenance of traffic patterns along Gandy Boulevard were considered and weighed heavily during the scoring process.

“Local residents and Gandy businesses are important to our us and our community and in an effort to minimize construction impact and to ensure the project is completed according to THEA’s approved timeline, teams that responded to the RFP were tasked with including cutting-edge techniques and schedules to complete the project in strict compliance with THEA’s timeline,” Joe Waggoner, CEO of THEA said. “The winning team will be penalized for excessive lane closures, median opening closures, and detours over and above those approved by THEA,” Waggoner added.

“It was a competitive process with several outstanding teams submitting RFP responses. I know the THEA Technical Review committee took significant time and consideration in reviewing the responses and selecting the overall best team to complete this project in a timely and aesthetically-pleasing manner that will further connect the Tampa Bay region,” said Vince Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors.

Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin in early 2018, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020.

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 ABOUT THEA:

As the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority’s (THEA) mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community. Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay Community.

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Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/selmonextension

Virtual Town Hall Meeting #2 on September 28th

Virtual Town Hall Meeting #2 on September 28th

On September 28th, at 6:00 pm, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting. This will be the second in a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings, and it will provide an overview of the Selmon Extension project. We will cover much of the material we covered in the first Virtual Town Hall Meeting, but will also include some additional information based on the questions and feedback we received after the first meeting.

The participation link is http://bit.ly/SelmonVTHM2 and the call-in telephone phone number for participants who do not have access to a computer is 1-888-670-3525 Pin# 7999624648. We encourage participants to join us online via computer, tablet or smartphone as visual aids will be presented during the Virtual Town Hall Meeting. The call in telephone number will provide audio only, and is reserved for participants who do not have access to a computer.   You do not need to use the call-in number if you join us onlineas the online Virtual Town Hall meeting provides both audio and visual capabilities.

Hurricane Supplies List

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

Hurricanes can be life-threatening and cause serious property-damage. When a hurricane blows in threatening hazards such as floods, storm surge, high winds and even tornadoes threaten you and your family’s safety.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

The American Red Cross Recommends that you are well prepared in case disaster strikes. Below is their recommended hurricane supplies list.

Hurricane Supplies List:

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

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